May 18, 2023, marks the 120th birthday of Snoqualmie, which was incorporated on this day in 1903. It is the oldest city in the Snoqualmie Valley. Before incorporating, the town was platted as Snoqualmie Falls in 1889.
The City’s name ‘Snoqualmie’ comes from the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe whose people have called the Snoqualmie Valley home since time immemorial and rely on the Snoqualmie River for everything from spiritual replenishment to food and medicine, to transportation. In Lushootseed, The Snoqualmie Tribe is sdukʷalbixʷ, which means people of the moon.
The City’s rural history is steeped in farming - including hops, fruit, and dairy - and most notably, logging and the railroad, with the Weyerhaeuser Lumber Mill shaping the evolution of Snoqualmie during much of the 20th century.
Over the past two decades, the family-friendly City has become home to over 14,000 people, with its natural beauty and historic charm also making it a popular destination for visitors.
When the City celebrated its milestone Centennial in 2003– it was commemorated by special events like community picnics, essay contests, mural paintings, and train rides, as well as a special Snoqualmie Centennial Guide to share the City’s history with new residents.
With this 120th birthday, residents are encouraged to explore Snoqualmie’s rich history, including that of the City and of the Snoqualmie Tribe. Snoqualmie is truly a small city with a big history, shaped by those who have been here since time immemorial and those who have chosen it as a home for their families over the past 120 years.
The Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum is a great place to learn about our local history. It is their sole mission to save and share the Valley’s rich history with future generations. You can research, become a museum member, and/or volunteer by visiting, www.snoqualmievalleymuseum.org